A.J. McCarron’s mother apologizes for Twitter comment mocking Jameis Winston

01/07/2014 3:25 PM

01/07/2014 3:36 PM

Dee Dee McCarron, mother of Alabama quarterback and Heisman candidate A.J. McCarron, apologized Tuesday for a tweet she posted Monday about Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.

Mama McCarron took to Twitter Monday night while listening to the Heisman winner’s post-game speech after leading FSU to the BCS championship against Auburn.

What she tweeted: "Am I listening to English?"

How Twitter responded, rapidly: Is this woman kidding?

“I don't know Dee Dee McCarron, so I've got no clue if she is far from racist. But I can tell you she sounded like racists I've known in past,” tweeted @blackink12.

Yep, the scorn rained down on mama bear and even spilled over onto A.J.’s girlfriend, Katherine Webb, who marked the tweet as a favorite.

"The idea that I am a racist is absolutely stupid and it needs to stop. I was scrolling through my TL and that tweet was accidentally FAV,” tweeted Webb.

This is some of what Winston told ESPN after the game:

“We champions. We can share that. We are champions together. And through everything that we went through. Through all the haters. Through every single thing, we came our victorious. God did this. I’m so blessed. He’s so blessed. All the stuff that he handled with Ethan (Fisher, the coach’s son) and he come out here and coach us? That touched me. And it’s nobody but God. It’s nobody.”

McCarron, who deleted her original tweet, went back to Twitter on Tuesday to apologize. “Any1 that knows our family knows we r far from racist. My tweet was not in anyway meant that way. I sincerely apologize if it offended any1," she wrote.

Minutes after she tweeted her apology, Winston sent out a tweet of his own: “For the people that criticize the way that I talk this is for y'all. The Florida state Seminoles are national champions! That is all.”


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